Chemical Analysis

Chemical Analysis

The Applied Polymer Research Center is equipped with a wide variety of modern instrumentation for the identification and characterization of thermoplastics, thermosets, and additives.

Typical Projects

  • Compound Reconstruction (reverse engineering)
  • Bloom and inclusion identification
  • Additives ID: plasticizers, antioxidants, antiozonants
  • Polymer type
  • Molecular weight distribution

Chromatography Instrumentation

  • HPLC: Varian Model 240 High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph
  • GC: Varian CP-3800 Gas Chromatograph
  • GC/MS: Thermo Fisher Focus DSQII
  • GPC: Waters 515 Pump with 2414 Refractometer for THF/DMF/Toluene

Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy Instrumentation

  • Thermo Electron Nicolet 4700 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
  • SensIR Technologies DuraScope ATR

NMR Instrumentation (available in collaboration with the Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory)

  • 1 - Varian INOVA 750 MHz (Solid + Liquid)
  • 2 - Varian NMRS 500 MHz (Solid + Liquid)
  • 1 - Varian INOVA 400 MHz (Liquids)
  • 2 - Varian Mercury 300 MHz (Liquids)
  • 1 - Varian INOVA 200 MHz (Solids)
  • 1 - Chemagnetics 200 MHz (Solids)

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • Mettler Toledo DL31 Water Analyzer
  • Buchi Rotavapor
  • Melt Flow Index Instrument
  • Brookfield Viscometers

Give us a call and we will discuss your needs!

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